Holyoke School Supt. Sergio Paez is ready to turn it around,”The students have a right to a high quality education, my job as superintendent. is to make sure that high quality of education is presented to them every day,” says Supt. Paez.
Holyoke School Superintendent Sergio Paez is confident in the ability of the city with the state’s help to turn things around at the Morgan Elementary School.
The school with some 400 students was placed in state receivership for chronically under-performing.
The state now steps in to help with resources.
Superintendent Paez sees the change as positive,”I want to take the opportunity to tell the community and tell our parents that this is a good thing , this is something positive for us, that we’re going to be looking at how to educate our kids , our future citizens in an effective, proficient way,” says Supt. Paez.
A group of stakeholders will be formed at the school composed of teachers, parents, the school superintendent, school committee chairman and others to create a plan to turn the school around.
That plan will be submitted to Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester who will name a receiver to implement it.
Supt. Paez hopes he will be that receiver and predicts a bright future,”Based on my last 4 , 5 months as Supt. I haven’t seen any indication that we won’t have what it takes to make it happen,” says Supt. Paez.
Some 97 percent of the students at the Morgan School are considered high needs, which includes low-income, those who don’t speak English and those who have learning disabilities and that makes the educational process here all the more challenging.